In interviews, most people describe themselves as ‘a good person.’ I don’t get the ‘good’ thing. Here are some of my questions:
What, exactly, is a ‘good’ person?
Is it someone who does ‘good’ deeds or someone who is ‘good’?
Is being 'good' like smiling all the time and always encouraging people and agreeing with them?
Is doing ‘good deeds’ like carrying your neighbor's groceries into the house, or sending money to charity, or volunteering at a homeless shelter?
What about telling your girlfriend that she doesn’t look fat in her new dress? Is that a 'good' deed because now she feels pretty? Or is it ‘bad´ because you lied?
Or is a ‘good person’ one who is ‘good’ anddoes ‘good’ deeds?
Who is in charge of deciding what ‘good’ is and 'bad' is?
How many ‘good’ things does a person have to do to qualify as ‘good’? Or how many ‘bad’ things must be avoided to be a ‘good’ person?
Is there a certain number of ‘good’ things one must do per day, or per week, or year, or in a lifetime?
Where are the guidelines to being a ‘good person’? How can I know if I’m a ‘good person’ without a standard of some sort? Like a list or definition or something to go by.
These ‘good’ people also say that ‘good’ persons go to heaven when they die. More questions:
How do they know for sure that they’ll go to heaven?
How much ‘good’ stuff does someone have to do to qualify for heaven? Or if you just have to be ‘good,’ how do you know you’re ‘good’ enough?
Or does your ‘good’ just have to out-weigh your ‘bad’?
Do 'good' deeds work on a point system? Does helping an old lady across the street earn less points than jumping into a cold lake and saving a drowning child?
I find it all very confusing. I like the Almighty God’s way of deciding who gets into heaven. It’s much clearer and a lot easier. And it's true and real. It does not depend on my ‘goodness’, either being ‘good’ or doing ‘good.’ Jesus has already done it for me (us). When we’ve become His, we’ll want to be good and do good works and He’ll help us. And, we have it all written down for us in the Bible. Guidelines, promises, examples, and more. In writing, in the Bible. Below are a few samples:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. –Romans 10:9-10
… Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood… -- Revelation 1:5
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. -- Acts 4:12
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God… --Romans 3:23
… Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. --Titus 3:4-5
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. --John 3:16-18
These scriptures are from the King James Version (KJV). For more clarity, I suggest you look them up in the New International Version (NIV) or the New Living Translation (NLT). You should read the verses before and after them so you get it in context.